A user on a popular online forum shares her story of her boyfriend bringing a cutting board to their bedroom while she was in bed sick so she could still participate in making dinner.
No Sick Days
The original poster (OP) explained that she was sick and informed her boyfriend that she was going to have soup instead of them cooking together like they normally did.
OP’s boyfriend insisted that she go to the store with him to pick out ingredients for dinner and that he would cook for them.
Not Feeling Well
OP caved and went even though she wasn’t feeling well. After they got home, her boyfriend asked her repeatedly to help him make dinner, and she begrudgingly agreed.
Needing To Lie Down
Soon after starting dinner, she was feeling so terrible she needed to stop. She told her boyfriend that she was going to go lie down and went to bed.
A Helping Hand
A few minutes later, OP’s boyfriend came to their bedroom with a cutting board, a knife, and some vegetables and said that he wanted her to cut up the vegetables so that she could still contribute to dinner.
His reasons were he “did not want to do it all alone” and “if I wasn’t here, you would still have to make dinner for yourself.”
OP informed him that she did not feel like eating.
The Internet Rallies
The responses overwhelmingly showed support for the OP, with many people warning her about this type of behavior.
One woman showed concern for the OP, saying, “Internet mom here. Sweetie. The red flag is waving. A good man would have been asking what he could do for you. This is actually awful. Please don’t allow yourself to be treated like this.”
Hard To Believe
Another user found it hard to believe, adding, “It’s hard to believe that this kind of story is real. No Way. OP, I hope you are feeling better now and that one day you will find a good person who is more sensitive, understanding, and caring and who understands the basics of human relationships. He should let you rest, go to the shop, make dinner, and bring you warm soup to the bed instead of a cutting board. JEEZ.”
Many users questioned why she was dating this man, simply asking, “Why are you still with such a guy?”
Is OP right to be annoyed with her boyfriend? Should he have left her alone and handled dinner by himself? How would you have reacted in this situation?
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Claire started Femme on FIRE after struggling with the debt cycle and realizing that she had to create better habits to get out of it. She became inspired along this journey and now strives to help others achieve financial freedom as well. When she isn’t working on her blog, you can find her on the couch with a good book, cooking up recipes in the kitchen, or playing outside with her ducks.